Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Rhiannon Thomas's dazzling debut novel is a spellbinding reimagining of what happens after happily ever after.
One hundred years after falling asleep, Princess Aurora wakes up to the kiss of a handsome prince and a broken kingdom that has been dreaming of her return. All the books say that she should be living happily ever after. But as Aurora understands all too well, the truth is nothing like the fairy tale.
Her family is long dead. Her "true love" is a kind stranger. And her whole life has been planned out by political foes while she slept.
As Aurora struggles to make sense of her new world, she begins to fear that the curse has left its mark on her, a fiery and dangerous thing that might be as wicked as the witch who once ensnared her. With her wedding day drawing near, Aurora must make the ultimate decision on how to save her kingdom: marry the prince or run.
Rhiannon Thomas weaves together vivid scenes of action, romance, and gorgeous gowns to reveal a richly imagined world…and Sleeping Beauty as she’s never been seen before.
My rating: 2.25 of 5 stars
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)
Aurora awakes having slept for 100 years. The prince who woke her claims to be her true love, but Aurora doesn’t know him at all.
Can Aurora really marry this boy who she doesn’t know? And is she any less of a prisoner now that she is awake?
There was nothing horribly wrong with this book, I just found it boring.
Aurora was obviously in a difficult situation given that her entire family was dead, and she was having to rely on the generosity of strangers, but I just couldn’t really connect to her. She didn’t behave the way I guess I would have behaved, and I just started to not care about her.
The storyline started out okay, it was interesting to think about what Sleeping Beauty might feel when she woke up having slept for 100 years, but that was where the interesting bits ended. I felt like the rest of the book became quite predictable, and I just wasn’t interested.
There was romance, but again, it was predictable.
The ending did have a bit of action, but even that couldn’t keep me interested. I was also less than impressed by the cliff-hanger ending. Don’t think I want to read the sequel to be honest!
Overall; not for me,
4.5 out of 10.